Poker Hands
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By etrigan - Last updated: Sunday, August 10, 2003 - Save & Share - 8 Comments

Poker is starting to become a socialization staple in our household. Most Sundays after dinner (Am I going to hell?) and occasionally on Friday nights after dinner we pull out the chips and cards, pitch in $3/each and play penny/nickel/dime poker. Here’s a review of the simple standard hands, a few of the standard but complex games, and a couple non-standard insanity games we play. Read through and then pitch us the poker hands you like playing so that we can try them out.

h4. Hands we play

* Five Card Draw – The standard of all standard poker games. One friend, Paul, likes to call this “Cowboy” and when we play it with one-eyed jacks and suicide kings wild we call it “Cowboy Mickey” because this is Mickey’s game when he can’t think of anything better.
* “Seven Card Stud”: – We play against the rules and make the high card open the bet usually, but we may try different next time.
* “Cincinnati Criss-Cross”: – In this variation of Cincinnatti the 5 community cards are laid out like a cross and the center card (the last one to be filpped over) is wild. Players make their hand from either the column cards or the row cards.
* “Spit In The Ocean”: – we actually play a variation of this game that makes the bluffing more fun. deal four cards down and one community card face up, betting round, everyone lays down one card face up from their hand, betting round, continue until the last card is placed down and winner takes pot.
* Korean Sweat – this insane game was developed by Brian “G” Walters — the G stands for “crazy”. One card is dealt face up and one face down, betting round, one card is dealt face down, betting round, one card is dealt face up, betting round, the last card is dealt face-down BUT no-one can look at their final card until after a betting round, then the card is revealed and winner takes the pot. (The name is incongruous to the game since the game is incongruous to anything in reality.)

h4. Variations we play

* “Low Chicago”: – can apply to almost any game and we do
* “Follow The Queen”: – mostly a seven card stud variation, but we’ve applied it to 5 card stud before, except we don’t make queens wild, too, and we don’t redeal if no queen is dealt.
* G Money – another Brian “G” Walters creation. After the last standard round of betting in any poker game each player can choose one of their cards to give to the person on their right and randomly selects one of that player’s cards to take, a final betting round follows.

h4. Hands we should try

* “Texas Hold’em”: – reeder has some insane game he plays that he calls by the same name — he’s crazy, though.
* +Added 8/11+ “Best Flush”: – deal one card down, one card up, bet, one card up, bet, one card up, bet, one card up, bet, and showdown with only straight flushes, flushes and partial flushes (4-card flush, 3-card flush, 2-card flush) being the only winning hands. This inspired a new variation that I’ll include below.
* +Added 8/11+ “Between The Sheets”: after all players ante, delear deals two cards face up in the middle of the table, the player to the delear’s left bets on whether the next card dealt will be between the two cards, winners take their matching bet from the pot, losers put their bet in the pot, if the between card matches either of the sheets the loser must double their bet into the pot, play continues to the left until someone wins the pot. (players can only bet as much as the pot) (an ace as the first “sheet” is low, an ace as the second “sheet” is high)

h4. Variations we should try

* +Added 8/11+ Best Flush Splits the Pot – Like the showdown in a Best Flush hand (see above) the player who stays in the game and has the best straight flush, flush or partial flush (4-card flush, 3-card flush, 2-card flush) splits the pot with the winner.

h4. Cool Poker Links

* “Girl’s Poker Night”: by Jill A Davis
* Poker.Net’s “beginner’s guide”: and “basic rules”:
* Poker.Net’s list of “other games”: to play. I will pilfer some from this list for our “should try” list

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8 Responses to “Poker Hands”

Comment from jank
Time August 11, 2003 at 9:45 am

Texas Hold’em’s worth keeping. Couple of my frat brothers over here keep a pretty regular game. Good times.

Comment from cynsmith
Time August 11, 2003 at 10:21 am

I just started reading Poker Nation on the bus this morning. How topical!

Comment from Becky
Time August 11, 2003 at 12:41 pm

Thanks, Cyn. I was looking for a fun read for next month’s book club — think I’ve found a weiner!

Comment from cynsmith
Time August 11, 2003 at 12:45 pm

Sure, rub it in. I miss Becky’s Book Club so…

Comment from cynsmith
Time August 11, 2003 at 12:46 pm

Sure, rub it in. I miss Becky’s Book Club so…

Comment from etrigan
Time August 11, 2003 at 2:14 pm

Here’s a better description of Texas Hold’em. The missing piece of the equation, though, in all of these is that Texas Hold’em should be played once for each player at the table, with the deal rotating to the left. This evens out the risk since it forces every player to post the blinds twice as the deal rotates around.

Comment from jeremy
Time August 11, 2003 at 4:57 pm

I posted a comment on SSC a little while ago with some links to interesting home poker games to try out:

When we play dealer’s choice, there are really 2 ways to approach it. One way is to let one person call a game, then play a full round of it. That lets every person receive the positional advantage/disadvantage once in each position.

The other approach is just to let each player call whatever game they want to call. If they happen to like a non-positional game enough to call it and lose the positional advantage they’d get from calling, say, holdem, so be it.

Comment from jeremy
Time August 11, 2003 at 4:58 pm

BTW — Poker Nation is a really good book and a quick read. I finished it a few weeks ago. Strongly recommended!

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